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Ersan Ilyasova | Forward

Team: Milwaukee Bucks
Age / DOB:  (27) / 5/15/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'10' / 235
College: None
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The Bucks are looking to trade Ersan Ilyasova.
It makes sense after Ersan had one of the most inefficient seasons among power forwards last year. He couldn't hit triples and was horrible on defense, so his market price is going to be coming at a discount. Jul 14 - 6:15 PM

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Ersan Ilyasova (ankle) has decided he will not participate in the FIBA World Championships this summer, electing to rest his troublesome ankles.

Ersan was sidelined for much of the 2013-14 season due to his bum ankles, only being able to suit up for 55 games. Through those 55 contests Ilyasova put up meager averages of 11.2 points, and 6.2 rebounds, while shooting a horrible 40.9 percent from the floor. Those averages are pretty awful for a team's second-highest-paid-player ($7.9 million last season) and it would be wise to let another owner deal with the disappointing Turkish man on draft day.
Jun 23 - 2:49 PM

Ersan Ilyasova is the "most likely" Bucks player to be traded before this week's draft, according to beat writer Gery Woelfel.

"The general consensus among some NBA personnel is that the Bucks ... could obtain a late-first round pick for the 27-year-old Ilyasova," writes Woelfel. The Rockets are cited as one team with a late pick (No. 25) that has previously shown interest in Ilyasova, whose trade value was battered by an injury-plagued 2013-14 season in which he missed 27 games and shot 40.9 percent from the field. Larry Sanders is also mentioned as a potential trade candidate, though he too is coming off a lousy season and his appeal is eroded by a guaranteed four-year, $44 million contract.
Jun 22 - 2:50 PM

Ersan Ilyasova admitted that he was "frustrated and disappointed" with his 2013-14 season, during which he averaged 11.2 points on 40.9 percent shooting.

Ilyasova also missed 27 games and was eventually shut down due to an ankle injury which appears to still be lingering. "If I am healthy, I would like to play in the FIBA Basketball World Cup," he said in an interview with He'll earn a guaranteed $7.9 million each of the next two seasons, third on the Bucks behind only O.J. Mayo ($8 million) and Larry Sanders ($11 million), so Ilyasova should get every opportunity to bounce back after a lousy year.
Apr 30 - 10:49 AM

Ersan Ilyasova says he'll make a decision about playing for Turkey in the World Cup some time in the next month.

He was shut down early this year with an ankle injury and simply never got healthy over the course of the season. He says he's leaning toward skipping the event and if he wants to revive his NBA career, it's probably a good choice, as he simply has to find a way to get healthy and stay on the court.
Apr 17 - 1:10 PM

Ersan Ilyasova is out for the season and will rest his ankle for two months.

"I never had problems with the ankle," Ilyasova said. "It started when I twisted it really bad in training camp. I think I really rushed myself to get back for the first game of the season." His game completely fell apart down the stretch as one of the worst defenders at power forward. Ilyasova ineptitude on defense was only matched by his inconsistency on offense, so he'll be on a lot of "do not draft" lists for next season.
Mar 27 - 7:50 PM

Ersan Ilyasova (foot, ankle) is not expected to play for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.

Ilyasova will not require surgery but a doctor recommended that he immediately begin "a period of rest and rehabilitation." It's unclear what the exact problem is with Ilyasova's ankle and foot, and given the Bucks' sparse injury updates it's likely to remain a mystery. Jeff Adrien and John Henson both get a bump in playing time with Ersan out, and both guys are candidates to start at PF, while Khris Middleton and newcomer D.J. Stephens may also get a few extra minutes. Ilyasova will finish his season having averaged 11.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in 55 appearances, and this disastrous campaign will be hard to forget during fantasy drafts next season.

Ersan Ilyasova (ankle) is visiting a doctor on Wednesday and his status for Thursday's game is uncertain.

He sat out Monday's game and the Bucks already plan to protect his health by resting him one game in each of their two remaining back-to-back sets. We should know more about his status soon enough, and a positive medical update could clear him to play, but until then cautious owners have to consider him to be a shut-down candidate for the lottery-bound Bucks.
Mar 26 - 1:23 PM

Ersan Ilyasova will not play against the Clippers on Monday.

He doesn't play in both games of back-to-back sets and he probably shouldn't play in entire with how terrible he's looked on defense. Fantasy owners should probably just cut their losses on Ilyasova at this point.
Mar 24 - 9:36 PM

Ersan Ilyasova played 24 minutes in another start at PF on Sunday, scoring 14 points and grabbing four rebounds, but he may sit out Monday's game as a precaution.

Ilyasova is dealing with an ankle injury and the Bucks have already vowed to rest him one game during back-to-back sets, so owners have to anticipate at least one DNP this week. With only three games on the schedule for Milwaukee, Ilyasova's owners may be forced to cut him in favor of a healthy player with a better schedule.
Mar 23 - 8:43 PM

Ersan Ilyasova had another poor outing against the Warriors on Thursday with 11 points, three boards and three fouls in 19 minutes.

He doesn't even look like he wants to play right now, isn't moving his feet on defense and has made just one 3-pointer since Mar. 5, shooting just 5.8 percent from deep in that stretch. Luckily, Ilyasova has made 50 percent of his mid-range shots in that span, so his numbers look better than they really are. He's more trouble than he's worth in most leagues.
Mar 21 - 1:32 AM

Ersan Ilyasova returned from an ankle injury and hit 6-of-10 shots for 12 points, nine rebounds, two assists and two steals in 23 minutes before fouling out of Tuesday's OT loss to the Blazers.

He's going to sit out half of the team's remaining back-to-backs, making him a very shaky weekly fantasy player going forward. The Bucks have back-to-back games on March 23/24, April 4/5 and 11/12, meaning Ilyasova is slated to miss at least three more games over the next few weeks. They're off until Thursday, so we're guessing he'll be ready to go against the Warriors.
Mar 19 - 1:16 AM

Ersan Ilyasova (ankle) will start Tuesday's game but he'll only play in one game during back-to-back sets for the rest of the season.

The Bucks play back-to-back games on Sunday and Monday, but after that they only have two remaining on April 4/5 and 11/12. His occasional absences should move John Henson into the Bucks' starting lineup, and fantasy owners will have to stay alert since it's uncertain whether Ilyasova will sit out on Sunday or Monday.
Mar 18 - 2:49 PM

Ersan Ilyasova is expected to start for the Bucks on Tuesday.

He was a surprise DNP on Sunday, but it sounds like his ankle is feeling better today. As long as he doesn't have a setback in the next 5 hours, Ilyasova can be put back into your lineup.
Mar 18 - 1:36 PM

Ersan Ilyasova (ankle) will not suit up for Sunday's game vs. the Bobcats, John Henson will start.

Henson hasn't been able to do much lately, but perhaps the injury to Ersan will allow Henson to crack the 25 minute mark. Ilyasova has been a pretty large disappointment this season, and has probably made a lot of owners' "never again" lists, averaging just 11.2 points and 6.3 rebounds on the season.
Mar 16 - 11:55 AM

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All Positions
PG1Brandon Knight
2Nate Wolters
3Kendall Marshall
SG1Giannis Antetokounmpo
2O.J. Mayo
3Jerryd Bayless
SF1Jabari Parker
2Jared Dudley
3Khris Middleton
4Damien Inglis
PF1Ersan Ilyasova
2John Henson
3D.J. Stephens
4Chris Wright
C1Larry Sanders
2Zaza Pachulia
3Johnny O'Bryant